Messages of praise for hospice

The Tree of Thanks at St. John's Hospice, Lancaster.
The Tree of Thanks at St. John's Hospice, Lancaster.

Families came together to attend the official launch of St John’s Hospice Tree of Thanks.

More than 20 people arrived to see the display in the main reception area of St. John’s Hospice on Wednesday, September, 10.

The Tree of Thanks presents messages from people who have been touched by the work of the hospice.

Each copper, silver and gold leaf also helps to pay for the cost of care for patients.

The leaves allow a maximum of 26 characters per message. A copper leaf costs £100 for one year, a silver £175 for two years and a gold leaf costs £450 for five years.

Ron Firth, a patient in St. John’s Day Hospice, came up with the name of ‘Tree of Thanks’, he praised the nurses, therapists and volunteers.

Mr Firth said: “They are amazing. It’s always such a pleasure. To say thank you is the easiest thing in the world.”

Margaret Braithwaite, a patient in the day hospice, was one of the first people to buy a leaf.

Mrs Braithwaite wrote ‘You raise me up’ after having a period of respite on the ward.

She explained that she had felt very low when first arriving at the hospice but felt completely different after receiving care. Mrs Braithwaite said: “I don’t think I could put into words what this place means. It just makes you feel so special.

“Everybody seems to go that extra step for you, they have the patience to find out exactly what you need and make sure that it happens.”

The Tree of Thanks was funded by a grant from the Keswick to Barrow Walk Committee.

For information on how to purchase a leaf and other ways of supporting the hospice please go to or call fundraising on 01524 382538.